grammys The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s  

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Believe it or not, the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album wasn't presented until 1996. That's the year that trio Naughty by Nature took home the first-ever trophy in the category, winning the prize for their chart-topping album Poverty's Paradise. The Recording Academy had been slow to recognize the quickly growing genre, but voters seemed eager to make up for lost time. The rest of that decade saw the Grammys recognizing nominees and winners including Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, and Wu-Tang Clan.

What LPs will you find on this list of the best rap albums of the 1990s? The decade was seemingly all about Biggie and Tupac. Shockingly, neither iconic artist ever took home the trophy although they were both nominated on several occasions. Later in the decade, Jay-Z emerged as a favorite among fans and Grammy voters.

A Tribe Called Quest was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album twice in the 1990s, for The Love Movement and Beats, Rhymes and Life. Other great recordings featured on this list of Grammy-nominated 1990s albums include Missy Elliott's Supa Dupa Fly and Mr. Smith by LL Cool J.

Which Grammy nominee do you think should top this 1990s rap albums list? Give your favorite records a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot.

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Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Me Against the World Tupac Shakur - Nominated in 1996.

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All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur - Nominated in 1997.

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Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life Jay-Z - Won in 1999.

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Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G. - Nominated in 1998.

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E. 1999 Eternal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
E. 1999 Eternal Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Nominated in 1996.

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Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Wu-Tang Forever Wu-Tang Clan - Nominated in 1998.

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Beats, Rhymes and Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Beats, Rhymes and Life A Tribe Called Quest - Nominated in 1997.

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Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Ol' Dirty Bastard - Nominated in 1996.

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Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio - Nominated in 1997.

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The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
The Score Fugees - Won in 1997.

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Supa Dupa Fly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott - Nominated in 1998.

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No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
No Way Out Puff Daddy & The Family, Sean Combs - Won in 1998.

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The Love Movement is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
The Love Movement A Tribe Called Quest - Nominated in 1999.

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The Carnival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
The Carnival Wyclef Jean - Nominated in 1998.

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Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Capital Punishment Big Punisher - Nominated in 1999.

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Poverty's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Poverty's Paradise Naughty by Nature - Won in 1996.

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I Wish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
I Wish Skee-Lo - Nominated in 1996.

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Mr. Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Mr. Smith LL Cool J - Nominated in 1997.

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Life In 1472 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Life In 1472 Jermaine Dupri - Nominated in 1999.

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Harlem World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Harlem World Mase - Nominated in 1999.